Entries by Earl L. Sigmund (91)

Hey All You Partnerships Out There! IRS REALLY wants to audit you... 

Posted on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 06:11AM by Registered CommenterEarl L. Sigmund | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

  Part of the new tax law effective January 1, 2018 included a provision which requires partnerships the election to opt out of brand new IRS audit rules for partnerships-


If your company is eligible - you can opt out. OPT OUT of what????

Answer: If your partnership is audited and the IRS finds more taxable income, that income will br taxed at the highest federal tax bracket for 2018 ---37% ---no matter what tax rate the individual partner in the partnership is at that tax year.   

Trump Tax Law makes Self-Employment a better option for many

Posted on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 09:27AM by Registered CommenterEarl L. Sigmund | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint


 No matter your political persuasion, the new Trump tax act provides incentive for many W-2 employees with no real fringe benefits, no real upward mobility, and general current workplace unhappiness. The act gives you a reason to look more closely at the Self-Employment option. A new tax tax deduction for Self-Empoyed individuals reducing your taxable federal income by as much as 20% is the the prime factor. The loss of tax deductions for employee unreimbursed expenses is another.


       Should you jump into the pool? The answer from an income tax prospective seems easy, but the answer is really much more complex and requires much thought, research, education, and a self-examination of your personality and your family relationships. Self- employment is NOT easy period, and it requires that true Entrepreneauial Spirit that most individuals lack. Either you are a leader in this crazy world of today or you are NOT. Talk to someone who can tell you the good, bad, and ugly facets of working for yourself. Test out your business idea on a short trial basis - prepare a realistic business plan - and don't commit to any large capital investment BEFORE someone experienced in advising individuals on business matters tells you that you have a real good shot at success.                 

Why Business Card Exchanges are becoming less popular......

Posted on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 10:45AM by Registered CommenterEarl L. Sigmund | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

  As an entrepreneur I have gone to hundreds of business card exchanges in my lifetime. I used to love to go to them, but except for rare instances, I am dreading them more and more. Let me explain my change of attitude toward business card exchanges:

1) the organization giving them are giving them because they always had them, not because they want to ...the givers create little or no buzz about the event to interest the attendees to attend them

2) the same people ( estimate 85% ) are present every time - either to get out of their stuffy office and get some fresh air, or to pray that this one will lead to newcontacts and hopefully a new sale.

3) the venues are too small to have an event creating an uninviting environment to prospect for sales.

4) attendees are too focused on the social aspect of the avant-garde not the New Business aspect of the event




You should not have DOUBTS when you start a new business?

Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 06:58AM by Registered CommenterEarl L. Sigmund | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?  I mean it! If you really doubt that your business is going to be successful - DO NOT START IT yet!   Doubt to me means you have not done al the research required to insure the success of your business. Doubt means you have not done a complete detailed business plan- one reviewed by an experienced successful business person who will quiz you to make sure there are no holes or red flags in the plan. Doubt may mean you have qeuestions about the business that you afraid to ask of others. Doubt not revealing to others negatve things you heard about the industry you are about to enter.

    DOUBT- -it is a word you need to address straignt on and get an answer that builts your confidence that the business will be a success -

       I doubt your business can succeed with it.


I am ready to change the way my business operates .....Are you? 

Posted on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 07:11AM by Registered CommenterEarl L. Sigmund | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint


 Everyone resists change to their normal schedule - It's just human nature. But resist change to the business world around could spell death for your business. The Blockbuster Video store saga is a good example of how existance to change caused a BIG business to disappear. Did you ever think your local blockbuster chain store would just bite the dust never to return? Who thought that the exhilarating experience of walking or running into a store that smelled like fresh popcorn in hopes that the hot new movie release would be sitting on the shelf waiting for just me to rent it would go bye bye? Resisting to invest more money into the technology availabie to stream movies via your TV cost Blockbusters its very existance.

        Wake up you shrinking mom and pop retailers and service providers out there! Are you keeping up with what's going on in the technology world with regards to your product or service? If not, it is never too late to start. Trying Google Alert today is just one way to be told about changes in your business world. Do it or something like it today!              

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